The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner may make his Broadway debut in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opposite his Avengers co-star, Tony winner Scarlett Johansson, according to The Hollywood Reporter. No dates or potential theater have been announced, and Renner reportedly would only star in the Tennessee Williams revival if he is not cast in the forthcoming Ridley Scott film, The Counselor.
Set in a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof tells the story of Brick (presumably played by Renner) and his wife Maggie (Johansson) as they celebrate the birthday of Big Daddy Pollitt, Brick’s father and the Delta’s biggest cotton-planter. The family must grapple with issues they have repressed over the years. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof first opened on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre on March 24, 1955, starring Barbara Bel Geddes as Maggie and Ben Gazzara as Brick. The production won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show has been revived on Broadway four times, most recently in 2003 (with a production starring Ashley Judd, Jason Patric, Ned Beatty and Tony nominee Margo Martindale) and in 2008 (starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Jones).
Renner’s film and TV credits include The Hurt Locker, The Town, 28 Weeks Later, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Dahmer. Johansson earned a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in A View From the Bridge. Her film and TV credits include Lost in Translation, The Prestige, The Island and Ghost World. Both Renner and Johansson will star in the upcoming super hero film The Avengers, to be released in theaters May 4.